On the other hand, Patchy is very curious and is always investigating new sights, sounds and smells. He follows his nose wherever it goes. Sometimes that leads to trouble but other times it gives Calico a chance to play a trick on her not so smart friend.
Join the two lovable creatures as Patchy tries to fly like a bird and finds out that soaring through the air is fun but the landing hurts too much. In another adventure, the little dog gets caught sneaking around an airplane. In the other three stories, Patchy and Calico eat too many apples, confront a not too friendly skunk, and take a magical ride into town.
Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat has illustrations at the beginning of each chapter that hint at what the new adventure will be about. Other pictures are included at the end of each story along with some questions for the child to answer. Older children can read the stories themselves or it would make a wonderful bedtime story book for younger kids. The five tales will entertain children of all ages with the antics of the title characters and hopefully teach youngsters some valuable lessons on sharing and working together.
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About the Author
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's books.
The adventures in Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat were written several years before the book was published. The manuscript was put away while she concentrated on her career as a freelance journalist and before that in aviation education. When medical issues kept her from being able to work outside the home, the writing bug hit her and the old manuscript was dusted off, rewritten, illustrated and published.
Greta's one nonfiction narrative, Heartaches and Miracles describes the roller coaster ride she has been on fighting an autoimmune disorder called ITP. She has also published a young adult fiction fantasy novel entitled Gerald and the Wee People and has plans to write a sequel to that called The House on Bo-Kay Lane. That is not the end of her literary itinerary; Greta has several other children's book in mind for the future.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I want to thank, Mrs. Greta Burroughs, for such a wonderful thought provoking children¿s book. I read Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat to my 3 year old¿I enjoyed it immensely. We, my son and I, are animal lovers and avid book junkies. We finished the book on Wednesday night and had our usual conversation regarding what we read and what parts he liked¿this way I can gauge how much he understood and how much he can translate into Spanish. Last night we went for our usual relaxing pastime of walking, talking and exploring; when we stepped out of the house my son looked at me and said ¿Chloe se llama¿mami el book ju read, book de gato y dog. Como llama dog¿? (English: Chloe¿s name is¿Mom in the book you read, the book of the cat and dog. What was the dog¿s name?) I replied ¿Patchwork¿? He then proceeded to call our dog Patchy. Every cat that crossed our path was Calico and every dog Patchy. We went on talking about the stories in the book and he started laughing¿curious I asked ¿why are you laughing¿? He said ¿Patchy, no fly. birt (bird) fly¿ and then the little wheels spun like crazy because he looked up and said ¿Patchy fly en un plane. Calico, no plane. Mami, mucho, mucho manzana duele stomach¿. (English: Patchy fly in a plane. Calico, no plane. Mom a lot, a lot of apples hurt your stomach.) I guess he did understand the book after all¿and he remembered the stories, even though we took 5 nights to finish the book, he retained the lessons the stories relayed. For a child that can read by themselves, this is a recommended read. The questions at the end of the chapters help reinforce the lessons in each story. For children Brandon¿s age, I highly recommend moms and dads to read to them and talk about the message every story has. It is wonderful to hear your child, out of the blue, refer to a book you are reading or have read. Greta, please write a sequel, you have a future stalker in your midst.